Chief Executive Steve Ford named 'Charity Leader of the Year'

We're pleased to announce that our Chief Executive won the prestigious Charity Leader of the Year award at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards.

Recognition of Parkinson's UK's transformation

Steve Ford, who celebrated ten years at Parkinson's UK in 2015, was recognised at the awards event on 4 March for his work to transform the charity, both strategically and culturally.

Under his leadership, the charity has more than doubled in size, enabling us to deliver more high-quality services, campaigns and research, all tailored to the specific needs and priorities of people affected by Parkinson's across the UK.

He has also overseen the development of the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network of healthcare professionals to transform care, and an international research consortium, bringing together researchers and big pharmaceutical companies to speed up progress towards a cure.

Thrilled and humbled

"I was thrilled and humbled to be recognised at the awards on Friday," Steve said.

"In my acceptance speech I spoke about the importance of listening in leadership. If you listen, then it gives you ambition, focus and passion. And that's what leadership is all about.

Over the last ten years, it has been great to see the way that the charity has grown and expanded the range of services and support that it can offer. But over those ten years I have also seen the way that the relentless progress of Parkinson's takes away quality of life.

That's why I am determined that we bring forward the day when no one has to fear Parkinson's. Empowering people to take control, ensuring that quality NHS and social care is standard and bringing forward new treatments and a cure are our top priorities."

Congratulations Steve

Steve was nominated by colleague Katie Jones, Head of Internal Communications and Engagement. Katie added:

"This award is the perfect way to mark a decade of Steve's leadership. Steve's passion for improving lives is evident to all who come into contact with him. He communicates from the heart and has led us through a period of change with honesty and conviction.

Steve brings a personal approach to charity leadership too, he knows all staff by name and holds weekly sessions to bring together colleagues and find out about the day to day experiences and issues affecting people throughout the charity.

Congratulations to Steve on behalf of everyone at Parkinson's UK."